The adopted 2011 City Council Districting Plan is the culmination of the redistricting process mandated by the Dallas City Charter. The charter requires the creation of a Redistricting Commission every 10 years when the decennial census figures for Dallas are released. The Redistricting Commission, appointed by the City Council, held public hearings and recommended a districting plan for the City that proposed new boundaries for the City Council districts in accordance with the population changes reflected by the census figures. The Redistricting Commission approved a plan on August 23, 2011 and submitted it to the Mayor on August 31, 2011. The Mayor presented the recommended plan to City Council on September 7, 2011, and City Council adopted a modified districting plan on October 5, 2011. The districting plan will be submitted to the Department of Justice for Preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and if approved by the Department of Justice, will be in place for the 2013 general election for City Council.